Chicago P.D. 2×01 “Call it Macaroni” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

Chicago P.D.’s season premiere is probably the strongest episode the show’s had since its crossover with Chicago Fire in “8:30 pm”. Its well paced plot and subtle but great character development made for both an emotionally moving and entertaining episode. If this is what the rest of the season looks like then I’m thoroughly pleased.

Episode Summary: Six weeks have passed since the finale concluded with Jin’s untimely and unfair murder when Halstead receives a usb with recorded conversations involving Stillwell. When Ruzek’s almost shot and someone Olinsky knows is murdered by an infamous man in charge of prostitution, extortion, and drugs, the teams sent out on a task to get the man once and for all.  Voight tells his team the truth about his ties with Internal Affairs. Burgess gets a new partner. Someone from Lindsay’s past comes back into her life. Halstead’s life is threatened.

Review | Analysis: Much like a lot of the action packed shows reviewed here, our favorite part is always the individual story lines with the characters rather than the actual cases. And while watching our favorites be badasses is always fun, it’s not exactly something that needs analysis.

Is there a single soul in the world who doesn’t adore Alvin Olinsky and the way the man operates in and out of the field? I’ve always said he’s essentially like everyone’s fatherly figure with the warmth he exudes and the profound way in which he understands them all. And with every passing episode his wit and compassion astounds me even more. It made sense for him to be the one who approaches Lindsay after the truth about Voight is revealed, and it also makes sense for him to approach Halstead about the bounty on his head. Though Voight’s the sergeant, Olinsky’s the adult figure who handles everything with the perfect amount of grace and integrity. And on top of everything he’s done this week with the case, it’s nice to see him take these little moments to be a symbolic protective figure towards the others in the unit. I’ll probably say this after every episode but Elias Koteas is a genius in his portrayal.

When we left off with Antonio last season, his desire to go back to work as quickly as he did after the shooting resulted in an unhappy spouse back home. And though there’s no word on his wife’s whereabouts yet, he certainly doesn’t have the same edge as before. There’s something missing in his stance even though he’s still so incredibly work oriented. In this week’s episode we see one of his CI’s for the first time, Friday Night Lights alum Dora Madison guest stars as Alissa Martin in helping the intelligence unit out with a case much bigger than she’d ever imagined possible.

Burgess is assigned a new partner who’s much younger than the last partner we’ve seen her with, but the man’s not exactly pleased with the fact that he’s working alongside a woman. Although he explained his reasoning to be the fact that he fell in love with his last partner, his need to emphasize the fact that Burgess is his woman partner felt a bit off to me. Let’s not be sexist now, Sean Roman. And if he does have a thing with hooking up with his partners, I’m hoping Burgess isn’t one of them because the last thing this show needs is another unnecessary “love triangle”. Speaking of love, Burgess and Ruzek are involved in a secret relationship. Fancy. Prior to this episode actually, I wasn’t too fond of their romance because it didn’t seem real. Additionally, I didn’t think Ruzek was capable of settling down again considering he cheated on his fiancé and before that would make unpleasant comments here and there about relationships. However, seeing the way he was reacting to the inability to showoff his affection for Burgess at the office made me second guess my stance before. There’s this idea that we often change most effortlessly when we’re with the one we’re meant to be with, so perhaps Ruzek can actually settle without having to second guess every time. Their relationship at the moment seems to work – it’s not just about having fun, but it’s about being with someone who’s accepting of everything that the other is. I’m excited to see where the two of them take everything because their friendship was always an interesting aspect of the show and if they carry that throughout the episodes along with their inability to keep their hands off one another, then we have a pretty solid relationship blossoming. What I love most about Burgess’ arc lately is the fact that she’s given more chances to shine as a cop. We have two badass women on this show and ultimately, I want them both to kick ass more than anything because what’s funner than watching that? Marina Squerciati has been doing an outstanding job with the action scenes lately and the more she’s given such moments, the better I feel she becomes at the task. Ruzek also seems to be doing his job better now that he’s no longer the new kid and he’s gotten a feel of what the intelligence unit is like.

Though Atwater was a bit quiet this week, I’m glad he’s not mocked as much as before because he got the job instead of Burgess. We can bring them both into the unit, one extra chair isn’t a big deal, Voight.

Now that we’re on the subject of Voight, never have I been more proud of his character. His past has always been unclear for the audience and while it made me livid, I understood why he chose to listen to Stillwell during the first meeting. It was after Jin’s mother’s heartbreaking speech to him that I thought, if he didn’t say something, the man was completely heartless. The scene with Jin’s mom broke me. Jason Beghe portrayed the revelations of hearing such news with great intensity in his expressions – you could see the immense heart that lies beyond the tough exterior. Voight later tells his team about his ties with Internal Affairs leading to some displeased reactions though his doings are understandable. And after fear of possible termination, Voight’s cleared to go back to work, but the surprises don’t end there – he has a safe stored with cash and other artifacts –he places the USB here as well– and takes a load of money to Mr. Jin in order for him to pay off his gambling debts. Hopefully this doesn’t catch up with him, but considering this is a crime drama, it will eventually.

In this week’s episode apart from the news that her fatherly figure has been lying to her, Lindsay’s birth mother, Bunny, wants contact with her daughter again because she’s getting married. Considering we know very little about her mother, it’ll be interesting to see where this storyline goes and how it ties into show. She’s still driving – you go girl. And she’s still a badass – you go girl, again. Nadia’s been given a job as a receptionist in their office and I find it to be incredible because there aren’t enough strong female/female friendships on this show thus, it’s nice to have one with the two of them and hopefully Burgess one day.

Halstead’s as impudent as ever but with a bounty on his head now. While nothing will evidently happen to him, it’ll be great to see how the entire unit comes together to protect one of their own. Fundamentally I loved how much the Halstead and Lindsay scenes in this week’s episode mirrored the season one premiere. From their time in the break room regarding Halstead’s personal life to having each other’s back at the very end, it served for a tasteful parallel.

My favorite part of the entire episode apart from Voight’s confession and good doing, was the brief instant where Lindsay assured Halstead that she has his back. What’s most exquisite about their dynamic is the unwavering trust that ceaselessly fortifies their partnership. And unless something strangely drastic happens where that’s broken, you’ll hear me emphasize that more often than not because such bonds are essentially the most interesting to watch. Whether she’s the only one Halstead tells about the the usb Jin sent him or openly questioning Voight to her, the honesty between them makes for an incredibly healthy bond. It’s probably why numerous people are rooting for them to be romantically involved because they have what it takes to make it work. That said, the reason the shoulder touch is as vital as said is because it authenticates the very notion that words aren’t even necessary to profess the very promise their partnership thrives on – they’re each other’s shield.

Writer’s Note: Unfortunately I don’t watch Chicago Fire and can only offer insight on that if there’s a crossover. It’s not a show I can personally handle thus you won’t hear me talk about it. If you’d like to be kind enough to give me information on things I may have missed, I can most certainly look into them and incorporate them in the reviews, but for the time being, I’m reviewing only the PD universe.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? What are you looking forward to for next week’s?

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